Way back in 2010, we featured Sanderson's Fifi wallpaper design – now the fabulous fifties design is available on a host of ceramics and dining products courtesy of the Sanderson Fifi by Portmeirion range.
Depending on your frame of reference, Portmeirion will either suggest pottery or the setting of The Prisoner. But the Welsh village was also the place where its designers Clough Williams-Ellis brought up his family and thus provided the inspiration for this book Portmeirion ABC.
The book’s author, Sarah Nachamkin was a family friend and wrote the book to help William-Ellis’ grandchildren to learn the alphabet. The book dates back to 1950 and the illustrations are evocative of that era and the Portmeirion location.
Buy the book online from the Portmeirion website, priced £5.99.
Another company highlighting their heritage: in 2010 Portmeirion celebrates 50 years. They've been looking through their archives and produced a collection inspired by Susan Williams-Ellis' archive designs. This coffee pot is based on a similarly shaped pot they found that was covered in William-Ellis' hand-drawings. These drawings were the basis of the Magic Garden design, which began to be manufactured in 1970. The design looks as current now as it must have done back then.
While mugs with this design are readily available, this coffee pot is limited to an edition of 500. Each pot costs £65.
Buy it from the Beth Stevens website